Last week, I attended Designs for Felines, a fundraising event for the Washington Humane Society. The event’s purpose was to bring awareness to the Washington Humane Society (WHS) Cat Neighborhood Partnership Program (CatNiPP.) The program is aimed at addressing the needs of thousands of community cats living in the nation’s capital. For this event, participating architectural design firms built and donated creative outdoor shelters to provide cats with refuge from the harsh elements.

Designs for Felines Blind Whino

The event took place on an unexpectedly snowy night at The Blind Whino Arts Club. The venue was visually fantastic, but unfortunately, the lighting inside was terrible. I brought a friend who’s a much better photographer than I am, but even her skills were no match for the poor lighting. You’ll still get an idea of the absolutely amazing amount of creativity that went into some of the design, and thankfully, WHS also gave me permission to use photos taken by a professional photographer for this piece.

The Cat’s Paw

The Cat’s Paw was one of the most creative designs when it came to the types of materials used.

Meow Luau

The winning design was Meow Luau by Page Architects.


1st runner up was the Cat Crib by the Howard University School of Architecture Design

Cat Cave

2nd runner up was the Cat Cave by Studio3877.

The event raised a record-breaking $17,600 for the program, and best of all, some of Washington DC’s community cats will have some snazzy new digs to call home.

Photos of Blind Whino exterior, Meow Luau and Cat Cave by Bob Walker, used with permission. All other photos by Renee Austin.

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5 Comments on Designer Homes for Community Cats

  1. Thank you for sharing the pics from the Designs for Feline event. I had planned to go but the weather kept me from going downtown. I take care of several Feral colonies; do you know who I could contact to purchase a few of these? I especially liked the Meow Luau. Thank you.

  2. Some of the designs were different! But giving homeless cats a fighting chance to brave the elements is, a great idea!

    All communities should be doing something like this.

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